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Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
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Buying a computer with Blu-ray
I am a big fan and really enjoy your show. I'm considering the purchase of a laptop with a Blu-ray drive. I would like to create a backup image of the hard drive. Do disk-imaging applications support Blu-ray?
In your case, Blu-ray is really irrelevant. Most Blu-ray drives will create regular DVDs and CDs. So I don't see a problem.
When you buy, make sure that the Blu-ray drive is a burner. Some are strictly read-only memory drives. They would read DVDs and CDs, but could not burn them.
Disk-imaging applications make a picture of the hard drive. These are often stored on CDs or DVDs. You probably wouldn't want to store them on Blu-ray discs. Those discs cost about $35 each!
If you have a disk image, are backups needed? The answer is here!
• Tip on the site: When burglars strike, you can lose more than material goods. They could also steal your identity. Better assume the worst.
Monday's Tip, in your e-mail: Shredding files and folders
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